Friday, December 5, 2008

CUBA predicts 2.34 million tourists in 2008

Cuba consolidated as Caribbean destination
• The island is hoping to receive in excess of 2.34 million tourists this year

• FOR the fifth consecutive year, Cuba has already surpassed the two-million foreign visitors mark for this year, announced the Ministry of Tourism in a statement in which it highlighted the fact that on this particular occasion, the important target was reached on November 14, much earlier than in previous years.

These two million visitors have secured Cuba’s position as the preferred Caribbean destination and this reaffirm the recognition on the part of tourists who come to the island of its friendliness and delights and its people, including its culture, history, healthcare services, nature, safety, hospitality and quality.

This figure is even more relevant in a year in which the country has been lashed by three fierce hurricanes, testing Cuba’s organizational and response capacities in the face of such situations in order to guarantee the safety of every individual. In a short space of time, the island has managed to get back on its feet and reopen all the affected tourist resorts.

Tourism in Cuba has witnessed an accumulated growth of 10.7% compared to the same period last year, added the Ministry statement.

On celebrating the arrival of the two millionth tourist, we are also at the start of the 2008-2009 winter season and Cuba now has more rooms than ever available, with a greater level of comfort, guaranteed supplies and the same friendly treatment as always.

Destination Cuba maintains the challenge of continuing to elevate its standards of quality, prioritizing diversification of tourist options, continuing to work on the integration of culture and tourism and demonstrating to the world the potential of a destination that also possesses nature and wildlife, cities noted for their heritage, cultural and historical values and a hospitable population.

The Ministry of Tourism is confident of exceeding the figure of 2.34 million visitors by the end of 2008. (Lilliam Riera)

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